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Velvet Merlin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,013 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,013
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 172
Gots: 214 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-13-2008)
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pkalix

California

4.93/5  rDev +22.6%

wow! what a nice smell!! pours a thick milkshake-like head, with an almost transparent dark brown body similar to, but less thick than, a samuel smiths....
super awesome taste. a little sweet, kind of roasty malts, dark fudge (as the last guy said), vanilla and honey (as another guy said), milk chocolate... what an awesome taste! a little tang on the finish, but that is utterly in significant considering all the wonderful flavors going on with this brew. I am really surprised at how much I like this brew. I had the merkin and the sucaba and anniversary, etc.... but never felt I wanted to try this one and I regret not trying it sooner! this is a world class beer! I thought it was labeled a porter but it says stout(?). I have to give this one high marks for every category. I wish I had another one to follow this one up RIGHT NOW!!!!

03-09-2014 23:46:21 | More by pkalix
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showmeyourface

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-09-2014 16:19:05 | More by showmeyourface
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.4%

03-09-2014 00:45:50 | More by TimBeaulieu
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gshackles

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 23:18:23 | More by gshackles
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 22:40:27 | More by Karibourgeois
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Buannaich

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 21:17:12 | More by Buannaich
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-08-2014 15:40:09 | More by Bilco
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-08-2014 12:28:57 | More by MRsojourner
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evbro

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-08-2014 04:10:24 | More by evbro
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-08-2014 02:59:48 | More by pjs234
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle (1/9/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black in the glass with small heading forming briefly and then falling to leave behind a thin collar of grayish foam and random traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of burnt, charred malt, traces of burning tires, molasses, over-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, mild licorice. A bit too much burnt character for me.

T - Flavor follows the aroma fairly well. Large quantities of smoke, burnt, charcoal-y, acrid and deeply roasted flavor. Dark chocolate, fudgy, molasses, coffee, licorice. More complexity and balance than the aroma indicates...chocolatey sweetness comes in just enough to smooth out all of the heavy burnt character.

M - Quite thick and full bodied. Medium carbonation that comes in just a touch to high for my preferences but is not offensive. Increasing hoppy bitterness as the beer warms in the glass.

O - Overall, enjoyable stout. Bigger beer than the ABV would indicate. Super thick in feel and a bit heavy. Nice with dessert.

03-08-2014 00:53:45 | More by portia99
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Syraquse

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-07-2014 20:33:23 | More by Syraquse
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-07-2014 07:56:32 | More by Fcip78
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-07-2014 06:34:20 | More by SalukiAlum
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-07-2014 01:54:24 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-07-2014 01:42:11 | More by skaboom420
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Rideguy64

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-07-2014 01:05:06 | More by Rideguy64
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

$7 for 14 oz at Meadhall, Cambridge MA

Dark browny black with a thin, quick to dissipate head.

Smells smooth. I know that's not a scent but it does. Mushy brownie batter or moist chocolate trifle with more and more char emerging as VM warms.

Features the usual chocolate and roast malt flavors but the mix and creamy mouthfeel just makes this a better tasting oatmeal stout. Mild something in the back - orange mint? Bigger body than 5.5%.

03-06-2014 23:45:13 | More by donkeyrunner
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Moheban

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-06-2014 18:20:10 | More by Moheban
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trubeernick

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-06-2014 02:38:21 | More by trubeernick
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jkeefe1800

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-06-2014 01:09:00 | More by jkeefe1800
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sbangs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-06-2014 00:59:08 | More by sbangs
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banger7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-06-2014 00:56:25 | More by banger7
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imscotty

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Pours with a modest tan colored head that settles quickly. Very little lacing. The beer is dark brown in color with a reddish tinge when held to the light.

S: Smell some dark fruit, coffee, malt. Some slight earthy tones, not overly aromatic.

T: The slightly bitter coffee flavor is the most forward. Some chocolate, malt and almond notes. Nothing too aggressive or complex. The finish is dry and prominently taste slightly bitter coffee.

M: I think this beer is surprisingly thin and watery for the style, more like a black ale. Fairly well carbonated.

O: The flavor is good but not spectacular or overly complex. I feel the mouthfeel is off for the style and detracts from the beer. This is a very drinkable brew but not a world class beer. Even Firestone Walker hits singles sometimes.

03-05-2014 23:46:09 | More by imscotty
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, dark brown with trances of tan, 1/4 inch creamy head, nice thick lacing.

Smell - Smoked malts, raisin, plum, figs, brown sugar, some chocolate and cocoa, faint coffee and a little vanilla.

Taste - Starts off very silky with additions of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal adds a bittered flavor. Smoked malts add boldness. Dark fruits give a nice fruity flavor that works well to add sweetness to balance the bitterness of the oatmeal and coffee. Cocoa and honey come out more as this warms up.

Mouthfeel - Rather light on the tongue. Smoked malts, chocolate and coffee are main flavors on the tongue. Palate gets dark fruits, and a little honey and vanilla. Aftertaste is malty, and actually a little watered down bitter.

Overall - Really good. Smooth, easy to drink and enjoy. Balanced really well and nothing is overdone flavor wise. Only gripe keeping this world class is the finish is a little watery, weak. Still solid and worth a drink.

03-05-2014 23:08:37 | More by wvsabbath
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90 out of 100 based on 2,013 ratings.